Luke 4:5-8 – When the devil tempted Jesus with rulership of the world

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Luke 4:5-8

Luke 4:5-8 (King James Version)

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The Bible reveals many things to us that the heavenly creatures have known since before our creation. One of the most important and somewhat controversial pieces of knowledge is that the power of rulership over the kingdoms of the world is something that Satan can give to whomever he chooses. some say it is a bluff, but it’s in the reaction of Yeshua that we learn its truth.

When offered in the form of temptation the ability to rule over all of the lands if only He would worship Satan, Jesus did not tell him that it wasn’t his to give. He did not admonish the devil and tell him that only the Lord our God had the ability to give over such power. He said that he would not worship Satan, that he would only worship His Father.

If someone says, “give me $100 and I will give 10 brand new Bentleys,” there are two possible ways to decline. If the person was being boastful and did not have the means to deliver, a person would be told, “you don’t have 10 Bentleys to give.” If the person was known to have the means to deliver, the other way to decline would be to say, “I will not give you $100 because…”

In other words, the way that Jesus replied meant that he knew Satan had the power to deliver on his side of the bargain. Had Jesus fallen for temptation, the kingdoms of the world would have been his to command. They will be someday, but by the will of God, not through an offer from the devil.

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